Have you ever wondered how you can make a HD video using just Windows Movie Maker? No need for complex and expensive software like Adobe Premiere. Microsoft Movie Maker has all you need to create the HD video production you want.
Lets take a look at the steps for doing this - there are just ten easy steps.
First up, a couple of things you need before you make that HD video with Windows Movie Maker. Youll need:
A HD camcorder is common these days and you should really get one if youre into videography. Shoot some sample clips in HD, preferably on a bright sunny day, to test out the steps below.
These cameras usually shoot video in the Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD) format - which is the standard for HD video. AVCHD video usually consist of files ending with M2TS and MTS in their filenames.
You also need Microsoft Movie Maker - these come built into Windows XP and Vista. If youre on later versions of Windows, you should download Windows Movie Maker from this link.
Now, VoltaicHD is an important tool youll need for converting AVCHD video files into Windows Media Video (WMV) files. Once converted, these WMV files can be edited directly in Windows Movie Maker.
The next thing to do, once youve assembled your equipment above, is to actually shoot that HD video, then copy the clips off your camera into the computer.
These days, a HD camcorder should allow you to directly copy M2TS or MTS files from the its SD card into your computers hard drive.
Next, you should fire up VoltaicHD and use it to convert the imported M2TS or MTS files on your hard drive into WMV files. This should be easy given that VoltaicHD does all the work and makes a quick job of it.
Once done, fire up Windows Movie Maker. Go to File > New Project to create a new project. You should save and name your Project as appropriate. A sample screen of a new project in Windows Movie Maker is shown below.
The next thing to do is to go to File -> Import Media Items. Simply select the folder on your hard drive that you sent your clips converted by VoltaicHD to, then click Open. The select clips will load into the Windows Movie Maker work area. You are now ready to do the video editing work.
A standard video editing workflow step is to start with a rough cut of the scenes. Here, youll need to preview all your raw video clips.
Then you either throw them out (if they are bad or unwanted segments), or split them so that only the portions you want end up in the Movie Maker Timeline.
Heres how to do the rough cut:
By following these steps, you will end up with a bunch of small rough cut videos ready to be added to the Windows Movie Maker storyboard.
All right, the next thing to do is to add your video clips to the Movie Maker Timeline - very simple to do since you just drag and drop.
The next thing after the storyboard is finished is to add titles. This is really quite simple - to add a title, just click on the Titles and Credits link.
Youll find this link on the left hand menu of Windows Movie Maker - simply follow the onscreen prompts to complete your action.
Transitions are important elements of any video to ease one scene into another. You can easily drag transition effects onto the transition area found between each video clip in the Timeline.
Click on Transitions in the left hand menu in Movie Maker. You will see all the available transitions in the work area. Drag whichever one you want into the relevant transition area.
And heres a picture of a completed Timeline, with titles and transitions done.
Note that the Timeline displays your videos as you would see on a professional video editing program like Adobe Premiere. You can also work with video, title and audio layers of your HD video if you wanted to.
The final step is to publish your HD video for the world to see! What you do is to select Publish from within Movie Maker.
Go to File > Publish Movie and select My Computer as the destination. Then click Next.
Importantly, at this point, if select DVD as the destination, your movie will be downgraded to standard definition (SD). This is because DVDs can only contain standard definition footage.
Were talking about publishing in Full HD, so you should use a Publishing profile that supports this.
Now, this is where it gets a bit interesting. This Publishing profile is installed when you install Voltaic HD. However, the in-built profile for WMV-HD (1080p) letterboxes the final movie. Its basically created as a 4:3 ratio movie, with black space at the top and bottom.
I dont really like that. So what you need to do is to use the VoltaicHD profile in order to get a correctly published movie.
Whew! You now have a nicely done full HD (1920x1080) movie ready to be distributed. Most slower performance computers will not be able to play this kind of file without some kind of lag.
Dont worry - what you need to do to enjoy the HD movies is burn them onto a Blu-ray disc and then play them on a wide-screen HD TV. The other approach is to stream the HD movie onto your HD TV screen using a media device.
I hope the above is useful to you. Until next time, have great fun editing your videos!